South Korean League of Legends team SK Telecom T1 have announced the future of super-star mid-laner Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok.
Speculation arose regarding Faker’s status with the organization for the coming season as his contract officially expired on November 19.
SK Telecom T1 have now confirmed that Faker will in fact remain with the team, however. Support player Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho and AD Carry Han ‘Leo’ Gyeo-re have also renewed their contracts.
The announcement comes shortly after the team revealed that seven members of their 2018 roster, including iconic bot-lane duo Bae ‘Bang’ Jun-sik and Lee ‘Wolf’ Jae-wan, would be parting ways with the organization.
Faker has been the center-piece of SK Telecom since his professional debut in 2013, during which he famously solo-killed Kang ‘Ambition’ Chan-yong for first blood, who was considered at the time to be among the best mid-laners in the league.
In the years since, Faker has become the most decorated player in League of Legends, winning six domestic titles and three World Championships. He’s almost universally considered the greatest League of Legends player of all time, and is one of the most iconic players in any esport.
SK Telecom T1 have yet to announce any new additions for the coming season, although it’s been reported that former Jin Air AD Carry Park ‘Teddy’ Jin-seong has signed with the organization.
Other rumors have suggested the team may be pursuing 2014 World Championship MVP Cho ‘Mata’ Se-hyeong at Support, and a possible return for former SKT Jungler Han ‘Peanut’ Wang-ho, although nothing has been confirmed on either count.